Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC DG
Chikwe Ihekweazu, NCDC DG

COVID-19 may be transmitted through air – NCDC

NEWS DIGEST – The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control has said new evidence suggests that COVID-19 may be transmitted through the air.

“Over the past few weeks, increasing evidence has emerged that in addition to droplet infections, we cannot rule out that airborne transmission is also possible as a mode of transmission of COVID-19,” Chikwe Ihekweazu, the head of NCDC, said at the bi-weekly Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 briefing on Monday.

Mr Ihekweazu said the virus was earlier believed to only be transmittable through droplets which emanate from the nose and the mouth and fall to the ground.

He, however, said understanding how a new virus is transmittable is critical for effective response.

“Understanding the modes of transmission of any new virus is very critical for defining response strategies. For COVID-19 from the very beginning, our understanding based on other coronaviruses was spread primarily through droplets,” the official noted.

He said the wearing of face masks and the need to maintain social distancing had become imperative following the new evidence.